Friday, May 16, 2008

Toe-Up Socks....let me count the cast-on ways

I got a new digital camera (7 meg.) for my B-day! Old camera (4meg.)

Knitting socks fascinates me. I've been toying around with all the different ways that there are to knit sock. First, I tried DPN's. I didn't like them too well, but I made a baby sock for practice. Then, I moved on to socks on two circulars, which I had learned by using: Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi. I didn't have too much success with making socks with the book at first, because I really think that it was written for more experienced sock-knitters than myself. I ended up taking a trip to my LYS where they really helped me get the hang of socks on 2-cirs. I also helped that I had purchased my Addi Turbos & some Opal sock yarn there, so they were very eager to help me become one of them....a sock addict. Then, I became intrigued with the magic loop method of knitting socks.

I've made about 5 pairs of socks & I have about 3 more waiting for a mate. I've discovered that I really don't like doing the kitchener stitch on the toes. I get lost with it and I'm never sure whether or not my sts. are going to hold. I'm not too crazy about the draw -string method of closing the toe either. Hmmm.......there's got to be another way. So, I have decided to try my hand at Toe-Up Socks rather than working them from the cuff down like I had been doing. Well, the first few patterns that I looked at for toe-up socks called for provisional cast on. For the life of me, I haven't been able to get the hang of this method. I have read & watched all sorts of videos, but something is not clicking in w/me. I did it a couple of times, but when it came time to "unzip" the sts. from the waste yarn........the "zipper" was stuck.

So, if you're looking for a different way to do an invisible cast-on, you've come to the right place. Like learning all the different ways to knit socks, I have discovered that there are all different ways to cast on for TU socks. There's something here for everybody.

Judy's Magic Cast On

Emily Ocker's Cast-On (It's been described by Elizabeth Zimmerman)

Cat Bordhi's Baby Life Ring Socks -scroll down pattern for her cool method.

Zig-zag cast-on for toe-up socks

Turkish Cast-On

Short Row Toe

CybersocksToe-up Socks


Two Toe-Up Socks on One Circular NeedleTutorial

FREE KNITTING PATTERN! Two At Once, Toe-Up Sock Pattern
by Knit Picks Design Team (Free download PDF for this cast-on method.)

1 comment:

Joansie said...

Deb...what a great post! You have come so very far with your sock knitting that I'm sure in the near future you will be giving sock knitting classes at your LYS. :>)

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